In honor of National Cat Day on October 29th, I decided to celebrate ahead of time with the two things I love most: coffee and cats. Conveniently, I was able to find both at Crumbs & Whiskers, DC's very first cat café. This café offers your typical coffee and snack selection with an atypical twist—caffeine accompanied by cats. 

The First Impression

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I was instantly intrigued by the café while walking around the city of Georgetown. With further research, I learned that this small chain currently offers locations in Los Angles and Washington, DC.

Crumbs & Whiskers opened in 2015 with a mission to help improve the lives of shelter cats by taking them out of shelters and fostering them in a fun environment. Additionally, the café allows for coffee connoisseurs and feline lovers alike to play with adorable and adoptable rescue cats. In conjunction with the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue foundation, the DC Crumbs & Whiskers has helped to facilitate the adoption of 140 cats.

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Upon walking in, I was greeted by a particularly extroverted cat sporting a precious bow tie. Yes, every cat was decked out in a customized cat bow tie. After getting the official lowdown on the cats – and a stern reminder that human food is meant for humans – I was free to roam the café.

The Menu

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The café counter at Crumbs & Whiskers offered a variety of hot and iced teas, coffee drinks – including the very appropriate "cat-uccino" – and macarons. All drinks and treats were provided by their partner café, Olivia Macaron.

The Cats

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After settling down with my coffee, it was time to get catty. With 18 in-house cats, I was quickly overwhelmed with cuteness. Some wandered around, others were taking cat-naps, and a few were ready to play. Fortunately, Crumbs & Whiskers stocked the café with plenty of playthings to entice the cats.

The Atmosphere

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The atmosphere at Crumbs & Whiskers is nothing like your stereotypical crazy cat lady's home. The two-story space definitely felt warm and fuzzy (pun intended), but with an open, modern layout and Insta-worthy decorations. It featured plenty of soft surfaces to sit, study, enjoy a cup of coffee, and cuddle with the kitties.

The Verdict

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Crumbs & Whiskers offers several ways to get your cute and caffeine fix. Reservations are available for a quick walk-in, for 75 minutes, or for 8 hours – perfect for a day of stress-free homework.

Whether you're looking for an off-campus study space, are looking to adopt, or just miss your feline friend from back home, Crumbs & Whiskers offers the purr-fect combination of caffeine and cat.